Optimizing Teradata’s performance can be a time-consuming and unpredictable task. Therefore, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the optimization areas is advisable before initiating any activities.
As a lead creative on various performance optimization initiatives over the past decade, I have amassed extensive experience and expertise. I consistently stress the significance of precisely understanding the desired outcomes.
Unclear goals hinder consensus on accomplishments among all participants.
I frequently encountered comments such as “This query lacks speed” or “This report’s performance is subpar” throughout my career. It is crucial to avoid implementing an excessively strict performance optimization plan, as it often results in confusion and unproductive debates. As a performance analyst, your responsibility is to identify practical solutions and persuade clients to trust and maintain them throughout the project’s progression.
What measures do we have? For your client, the only practical measure is likely runtime.
I admit that this ultimately matters.
In my experience, run times are insufficient. It’s important to note that multiple projects may run on the same Teradata System, causing run times to vary. Furthermore, extensive workload management options are available on a Teradata System, which could result in intentionally blocking your workload. Consider the potential catastrophe if a report you’ve improved gets blocked while presenting it to a client. This could be highly embarrassing.
I prefer to evaluate performance improvements using absolute measures, even when selling to a challenging client.
I prefer monitoring CPU usage and disk access. Perhaps concentrating on bottleneck-related metrics, such as utility slots, would be more practical. The optimal approach depends on the specific circumstances.
To prioritize improvement efforts effectively, utilize absolute measures as evidence, even though run times are crucial. Remember that Teradata experts may desire your failure, and without concrete evidence, you are vulnerable. Therefore, prioritize absolute measures over run times.
Prior to commencing any activities, it is important to grasp the overall concept or main idea.
Focus on tackling the areas that offer the most cost-effective improvement opportunities. Don’t allow the client to influence your priorities with statements such as: “This query is slow. You must address it.”
Well-intentioned though they may be, such suggestions are unhelpful. Obtain a clear understanding independently, and do not permit the assumptions of others to lead you astray.
Examine every aspect that has potential for optimization, establish a hierarchy of priorities, and outline the corresponding expenses and resources required. Without limitations on costs and resources, opt for the change with the highest priority. Otherwise, make a decision in accordance with the restrictions.
Conclusion: Always establish a precise understanding of the client’s expectations and a mutually agreed-upon methodology for assessing progress before embarking on any optimization project. Otherwise, you risk getting bogged down in a continuous cycle of improvement efforts or prolonged debates.
The second installment of the performance optimization series will delve deeper into identifying potential areas of enhancement for a standard Teradata Data Warehouse.